#VeteranOfTheDay: Army Veteran Lino Roldan Torres


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Lino Roldan Torres. Lino joined the Army in 1969 and served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. He was a forward maintenance operator, welder and on the recovery team with the 548th Maintenance Company in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. Later, he worked in chemical defense with the VII Corps in Desert Storm. He served in the infantry in Italy with the 509th Infantry Regiment in Vicenza and the HHC 8th Support Group in Camp Darby. He became a senior instructor in chemical, nuclear and biological defense in Fort Sill, Oklahoma until his retirement in 1995.

After his 20 years of service with the Army, Lino still serves as a volunteer for several Veteran service organizations, including the Veterans Service Center, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veteranos Samaritanos. He hosts his own radio show called Brisa Tropical (Tropical Breeze) where he provides VA and military updates and news to Veterans. He is happy when he is in front of the mic, and says that “helping others is my therapy.”

Thank you for your service, Lino!


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.